Episode 20

Virtual Midyear - What you need to know Part 2

In this 2 part series, we discuss everything you need to know as an applicant about virtual Midyear and virtual showcases. We will discuss everything from etiquette, format, advice, and what to expect so you can feel prepared.

In part 2, we discuss Virtual Midyear from a residency program director perspective. We are joined by David Stewart, Vice Chair for the Department of Pharmacy Practice at East Tennessee State University - Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, Residency Program Director for the college’s PGY2 Internal Medicine Pharmacy Residency Program, and Post-graduate Training Coordinator for the Department of Pharmacy Practice.

General benefits for attending Midyear for students

  • Many programs from all over the country in one location
  • Great opportunity to make connections and see if programs are a good fit  

Pros of having midyear virtually

  •  Opens midyear to more students due to fewer costs and less travel.
  • Allows a quicker opportunity to speak with people (no lines/crowds).

Con’s of having midyear virtually

  • Limitations regarding one-on-one interactions due to the system limitations
  • The inconvenience of programs using different platforms (TIP – consider familiarizing yourself with different platforms ahead of time to be sure you’re comfortable using them)

Advice for virtual midyear from an RPD

  • Be yourself! Let the program get to know you.
  • Have meaningful questions
  • Be prepared
  • Be professional and polished
  • Have appropriate attire (even on zoom)

Advice for preparation of virtual midyear

  • The earlier you prepare, the better. (Should probably start about a month prior)
  • Start thinking about what you want out of a program
  • Think about what geographic areas you’re interested in
  • Have some type of knowledge of the programs you are interested in (do your research)
  • Format your questions based on your research for specific programs

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Music by: @LiQWYD

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Sean Smithgall

Assistant Clinical Professor at Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy. Completed a PGY1 pharmacotherapy residency at Geisinger Medical Center and a PGY2 ambulatory care residency at East Tennnessee State University, Gatton College of Pharmacy. Interests include family medicine, post-graduate training preparation, and making podcasts.